DOL Issues COBRA Subsidy Guidance and Model Notices
April 08, 2021
DOL Issues COBRA Subsidy Guidance and Model Notices

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) posted on its website guidance and model notices to help employers comply with the federal COBRA premium subsidy put in place by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

"The American Rescue Plan provides much-needed relief to U.S. workers as they face critical decisions about their health coverage," said DOL Acting Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security Ali Khawar. "The guidance and notices … will help to inform individuals entitled to the COBRA premium assistance about the assistance available to them."

"In general, it's always helpful to have the DOL walk through new legislation," said William Sweetnam, legislative and technical director at the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC), which represents sponsors of account-based benefit plans. He also anticipate guidance from the IRS and Treasury Department on the COBRA premium subsidy to be forthcoming.

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